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(The Kitchn)   Fark Food Thread: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten or made? Any durian fans in here? Balut? Lutefisk? Chilled monkey brains? Share a rarity and open our eyes   ( divider line
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2014-03-06 05:00:05 PM  
Dog in Busan, Worst Korea: like eating old boot leather.
whale sushi in Tokyo: Sublime, great stuff
uni (sea urchin): Love it
foie gras: Meh
escargot: meh
2014-03-06 05:04:11 PM  
Not really that wierd

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2014-03-06 05:04:20 PM  
lutefisk: bad
surstromming: edible
kimchi: yummy
salty licorice: inexcusable
horse sausage: tasted like sausage
2014-03-06 05:04:37 PM  
Had a century egg. It was....interesting....
2014-03-06 05:08:11 PM  
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It's going to cost you 300% of base price;  and you aren't getting more than 10% for your grandmother's heirloom soup.
2014-03-06 05:08:21 PM  
Just the "normal" weird stuff for me. Escargot, pates, soft shelled crabs, raw oysters, steak tartar, spam, gator/emu etc.

Pretty much everything I have not tried is for a reason. I don't need to try balut for example to know that I hate it.
2014-03-06 05:09:11 PM  

RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

I love it.  Was at this sushi joint that had sea urchin served in a shot glass with some kind of fish sauce, salmon roe and topped with a raw quail egg yolk.  Ordered a few more of those over the course of the night.
2014-03-06 05:10:28 PM  
Durian tastes just like it smells; delicious!
2014-03-06 05:10:28 PM  

2014-03-06 05:10:32 PM  
I've had Durian, it was horrific. For a few hours, I was NOT OKAY. Even Jager wouldn't get the taste out of my mouth. Had tar black diarrhea later and the next day.
2014-03-06 05:11:15 PM  
I mean, "Why woukd anyone choose to eat that mess?"
2014-03-06 05:12:03 PM  
Haggis sushi.  A coworker brought it in.  Lord, that was nasty.
2014-03-06 05:14:17 PM  
Horse sashimi.
2014-03-06 05:14:20 PM  

sleeps in trees: I make homemade lutefisk.

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2014-03-06 05:14:37 PM  
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Indonesian bus station buffet. Thought is was squid, turned out to be goat intestines. Filthy goat intestines. Only time I got sick in 5 months traipsing around SE Asia.  The deep fried songbird and crickets (both in Thailand) were surprisingly tasty once you got past the texture.
2014-03-06 05:15:45 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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Dammit.  You beat me to it.  Absolutely wonderful.

Canned haggis.  Hot dog sushi.
2014-03-06 05:16:10 PM  
blue crab I dug for myself, leatherback jack and manini (convict tang) which I speared. I've also had moose heart and bear jerky.

/Yes, I speared a three inch fish.
//Manly man.
///Got a picture to prove it.
2014-03-06 05:17:09 PM  
Does Subby's mom count?

Seriously though, the only strange stuff I've gotten to eat would be escargot, fresh sage hen heart, and menudo made with tripe and all.

All of them were really good. The tripe just had a bit of a texture to get used to, kinda like eating calamari, chewier than normal.

Although, if you look at it, hot dogs are actually a petty strange thing to eat, too.
2014-03-06 05:17:51 PM  
Goat eyeball while visiting China. Not much flavor and a bit like biting into a mushroom.
2014-03-06 05:17:59 PM  
Let's see, caviar, escargot, rattle snake and weirdest of all: Tuna and ketchup sandwiches!

Also when very drunk and high; a can of sardines over ramen.
2014-03-06 05:18:44 PM  
Alligator, but I was not impressed.  I am not a big fan of weird food.
2014-03-06 05:18:48 PM  
It's not strange over there, but I was a bit put off by congealed duck blood in China. It has surprisingly little flavor and a weird texture. I also ate natto and umeboshi in Japan and hated them both. Although in the latter case I hated it because it was a surprise. I didn't know it was an umeboshi when I popped it in my mouth and was expecting something sweet. I think I could acquire that taste if I were prepared for it.
2014-03-06 05:19:14 PM  
2014-03-06 05:19:36 PM  
My food intake includes the usual organ meat that you'd expect in Europe...including...

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pigs face

Hock pie
 (with pig trotters).

A wonderful seafood platter from a place on a Yugoslav beach that had..
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The spawn of Cthulhu.

Actually retrospect is pretty boring.
2014-03-06 05:20:25 PM  
Leftover spaghetti and peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter and sardine sandwich. Cold KFC chicken dipped in a can of condensed Campbell's Bean & Bacon soup. Why yes, I was stoned all three times.
2014-03-06 05:20:33 PM  
A triple fried egg sandwich with chili sauce and chutney.

Watch starting at 5:30
2014-03-06 05:20:37 PM  
Sea urchin roe at a local sushi joint.

Taste was nice, but texture was...a slight bit blergh.

Yeah, I'd still go back for moar.
2014-03-06 05:20:39 PM  
Raw smallmouth freshly caught in the detroit river.
It was quite tasty.
2014-03-06 05:20:57 PM Full Size

So a nice bulgy can spells certain death, right? Not to the Swedes. It's fish fermented in the can or surstromming. They seal it in the can and then don't autoclave it so all the bacteria have free range. It sprays on opening so they open it under water or outside to avoid months of coming home to a stinky house.  Truly awful but not as bad as Tahitian fafaru which is fillets of some white fish put in a bottle of seawater with crushed live shrimp. The thing is then buried in sunny sand and left for weeks.  It smells like a gas attack on a diarrhea ward for skunks.  The Tahitians swear they can tell if any one has opened a bottle for up to a mile up wind and I believe them.  After the fish are extracted and eaten the brine is sold in Tahitian stores as a health drink so if you want to know how bad it is you can buy a bottle, take a wiff, seal it back up and pitch it overboard  preferably outside the barrier reef.
2014-03-06 05:21:27 PM  
My ex wife.
2014-03-06 05:21:36 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.

Taz, is that you?

BEWARE of the Tasmanian Devil - a vicious, ravenous brute with powerful jaws like a steel trap. Eats aardvarks, ants, bears, boars, cats, bats, dogs, hogs, elephants, antelopes, pheasants, ferrets, giraffes, gazelles, stoats, goats, shoats, ostriches, lions, jackals, muskrats, minks, dingoes, zebras, foxes, boxes, octopus, penguins, people, warthogs, yaks, gnus, newts, walrus, wildebeests....and especially RABBITS!
2014-03-06 05:22:32 PM  
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2014-03-06 05:22:36 PM  
weirdest stuff not really that bad:

Rocky Mountain Oysters
Duck Feet
2014-03-06 05:23:25 PM  
I was trying to describe durian to someone, and the best I could come up with was "fried-chicken-flavored custard." But that still misses it by a ways.

The weirdest thing I've eaten that my mind hasn't blotted out was congealed blood, which was cut into little 1/2"-square cubes and served in noodle soup in Pakse, Laos. I was being treated to lunch by a local, and didn't want to be rude by removing it from my bowl and throwing it as far as possible from the table.
2014-03-06 05:23:28 PM  
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i cant really compete with this.  but i have had all kinds of small game in Kentucky, fruits not particularly indigenous to the US like Dragon fruit (kiwis bastard cousin), shark (not the fin soup kind), and haggis.  my brother warned me about Vegemite and i havent tried it yet.  its more of a curiosity now than it a fear i had 20 years ago.
2014-03-06 05:23:39 PM  
I'll have to go with the retarded cambodian girl who kept coming to our bands after parties in the 90s.

*bows head in shame*
2014-03-06 05:23:57 PM  
Escargot is nice too.

Basque restaurant here in town, meaning I didn't need to chase the wee bastards around.
2014-03-06 05:24:32 PM  
 -Got some Hot Pot soup thinking, "Perfect, I'm all about the spicy".  Didn't know it was actually tripe. Didn't care for it.
 -Ostrich burgers. Again didn't care for it.
 -Buried some homemade kimchi in the ground for 3 months. Liked it.
 -Bought some Spam a couple years ago to remind myself what I didn't like about it as a kid.  One nibble and into the garbage it went.  I remembered.
/I know none of that is particularly exotic or anything but there it is.
2014-03-06 05:26:02 PM  
I ate a guinea pig that was roasted on a stick in Ecuador. It was still smiling at me with those huge front teeth. Somewhat tasty.
2014-03-06 05:26:13 PM  
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So damned good. Gotta get me some every time I visit family in the Netherlands.

If you don't know, that's a raw (usually salt-brine treated) herring. It's prepared as essentially two fillets that are held together by the tail.

Not really anywhere near the weirdest on here, but it's definitely different?
2014-03-06 05:26:37 PM  
When we were kids, we ate different colored Kleenexes to see if we could tell the difference between pink, blue, or white.

As an adult, the weirdest thing I've eaten is horse meat, which really isn't that weird, considering.
2014-03-06 05:27:12 PM  

miss jinxed: I love durian fruit.  It makes an amazing curry. I'd try to make it, but I don't want the house smelling like curry.

I didn't like durian, but durian curry actually sounds interesting.  Does the turmeric or cumin or whatever mask the smell?

The worst thing about durian: they're just so damn big. I was at a Korean supermarket once where they were selling durians, and some of them were the size of basketballs, maybe bigger.  I can't imagine eating that much of that stuff

Other fun stuff I've eaten:
-chicken feet: not unusual, since it's a popular dim sum dish, but even some of my Chinese-American friends are squeamish about it.
-moth pupa: supposedly a "delicacy" in some rural parts of China, but they were probably pulling one over on the city slickers.  Gave me nightmares about bugs hatching out of my stomach (I was eight).
-sea cucumber: kinda blah, decent enough soup ingredient, but not something I'd go out of my way for.
-shark fin / swallow's nest soup: more Chinese "delicacies" where if you didn't tell me what I was eating, I wouldn't have known it was anything special.
-various beef / pork / lamb innards (liver, intestines, stomach / gizzard).  Not sure what would count as "strange" anymore, now that people are all becoming "foodies".
2014-03-06 05:27:16 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

I think the flour is used for blue waffle
2014-03-06 05:27:29 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: I'll have to go with the retarded cambodian girl who kept coming to our bands after parties in the 90s.

*bows head in shame*

You might get farkied over that one, and it will come back to bite you in the arse.
2014-03-06 05:27:30 PM  
I've had sannakji when in LA and in Korea.  Name means live octopus.  It's not really alive, it's just been killed and is still wiggling around on the plate. You dip it in some sesame oil and salt and then eat it.    And the suckers will still stick to your mouth if you don't chew quickly.  I like it, but it's definitely not for the squeamish.
2014-03-06 05:27:48 PM  

RexTalionis: I've eaten shards of glass, but I don't suppose that's technically food.

Are you one of my old college roommates? I had one that would eat pint glasses on occasion. How he isn't dead mystifies me.
2014-03-06 05:27:49 PM  

Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.

Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.

The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.

Try basting it occasionally with ice water. That not only helps to remove the excess fat, but it seems to make the skin crisper.
2014-03-06 05:27:51 PM  
I had Koala, Kangaroo, and Shark on a trip to Australia.  Kangaroo was ok, but it was tough, irony, and didn't have a lot of natural flavor.  Kind of like a middle ground between beef, lamb, and an old shoe.  Koala tasted like Chicken, and the shark was unmemorable seafood.
2014-03-06 05:28:03 PM  
At a Co-worker's wedding I tried Abalone, which was served in a subtly flavored sauce and was tender and delicious. I also had shark fin soup, which was just kind of meh, like a semi-textured bowl of salt broth. I didn't know what either thing was until after I tried it and I felt bad, especially about the shark fin soup. I also felt that, for how much that likely cost, it really wasn't all that good.

Also had pigeon at the same wedding, which I loved. Like eating a tiny chicken with the ultra-lean beef on its bones. My wife was having none of it because a) she likes pigeons and b) because they left the heads on.
2014-03-06 05:28:07 PM  
An elephant's heart (it's supposed to give you his "muti"). And ear. Also crocodile, zebra, warthog. Ate raccoon, armadillo and rattlesnake and drank tadpoles in military survival school. Ate all kinds of raw stuff while stationed in Japan. A trapper gave me a beaver carcass once and it tasted like pot roast.
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